CPM March 2017 – by Lucy de la Pasture
What a difference a year makes. Growers who have kept the faith with oilseed rape look set to be rewarded for their loyalty to the oft-problematic break crop. It hasn’t been a case of sunshine and roses throughout the country but, on the whole, the national OSR crop looks to have potential.
Ben Burrows, independent agronomist with Crop Management Partners, reports the majority of his OSR crops in Hants, Oxon and Wilts had good autumn establishment and are coming out of the winter looking well.
“In some areas of Oxon and Bucks, crops suffered patchy germination under dry conditions and were subsequently hammered by flea beetle but further south of my region crops got away well.”
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